Waldiman and Ethlin Brumley Thompson were at their ground-floor apartment in Bedford Stuyvesant Wednesday afternoon when at least two masked, armed men stormed in, tied them up and put pillow cases over their heads, according to sources. The home was ransacked the robbers had fled. Arriving officers found Waldiman Thompson tied up and unconscious on the floor.
Police say the victim's 99-year-old wife called 911 to report that she and her husband were tied up by several people who had entered their home. "Fun-loving people. Everybody loved them", said the victim's brother, Garfield Pringle.
The sources said the man may have been beaten by the home invaders, but the nature of his injuries weren't clear.
The couple was transported to the hospital where the husband was pronounced deceased. "He grew me up in Jamaica", says Karlene Grose.
"When I saw that, 'Oh my God, '" she said. It breaks my heart to see my uncle died.
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The wife, Ethlin Thompson, was treated for superficial marks on her arms and legs.
Police descended on Decatur Street as they searched for the suspects Tuesday evening.
Police are ruling the incident a home invasion, robbery and homicide.
Investigators said they are looking for four male suspects and watching surveillance footage for clues.